Northwestern Counseling and Support Services

Type of organization: 
Year of Breach: 
Type of breach: 
Under Review: 
0
Date Breach Made Public: 
August 23, 2011
geo: 
St. Albans , VT
United States
Records Breached: 

12

A thief stole a petty cash lockbox from Northwestern Counseling's office sometime between June 18 and June 27.  The lockbox contained cash, as well as itemized receipts with client Social Security numbers.  Affected clients were notified of the breach in early July.

Source: 
PHIPrivacy.net

Avalon Centers

Type of organization: 
Year of Breach: 
Type of breach: 
Under Review: 
0
Date Breach Made Public: 
August 27, 2011
geo: 
Depew , NY
United States
Records Breached: 

172 

A former judge was arrested for making false statements to a federal agent.  The former judge was attempting to reopen an eating-disorder clinic and tossed old records into a nearby dumpster in June of 2010.  Authorities found 15 to 20 boxes of papers with patient names, Social Security numbers, addresses, dates of birth, medical complaints, medical diagnosis, treatment information and other health information.  When a federal agent asked the former judge about the boxes, he responded that they contained business information without any sensitive medical information.

Source: 
Media

North Macomb PLUS Office, Southwest Macomb PLUS Office

Type of organization: 
Year of Breach: 
Type of breach: 
Under Review: 
0
Date Breach Made Public: 
September 1, 2011
geo: 
MI
United States
Records Breached: 

14,000 (Unknown number of Social Security numbers)

Almost 14,000 documents related to drivers license and state identification applications were stolen from two separate offices over a total of two years.  The applications included names, dates of birth, addresses, and in some cases Social Security numbers.  The documents were stolen in May or June from secured areas at the North Macomb PLUS Office in Chesterfield Township and from the Southwest Macomb PLUS Office in Warren.  The information dates back to 2009.

Source: 
Databreaches.net

Methodist Hospital

Type of organization: 
Year of Breach: 
Type of breach: 
Under Review: 
0
Date Breach Made Public: 
September 9, 2011
geo: 
Houston , TX
United States
Records Breached: 

Unknown

Three people are accused of using cancer and transplant patient files from Methodist Hospital to make fraudulent purchases.  A dishonest employee took the birth dates and Social Security numbers of patients and passed them along to two co-conspirators.  The trio then opened accounts and took out loans in the names of at least five patients.  They face life in prison if convicted.

Source: 
PHIPrivacy.net

Veterans Administration Medical Center (Biloxi)

Type of organization: 
Year of Breach: 
Type of breach: 
Under Review: 
0
Date Breach Made Public: 
September 16, 2011
geo: 
Biloxi , MS
United States
Records Breached: 

1,814

The VA believes an employee's office at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Biloxi was inappropriately accessed without proper authorization on July 21.  A number of medical files with veteran names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and other personal information like medical diagnoses were found spread on the office floor.  The breach could affect veterans, deceased veterans and VA employees in seven counties in southern Mississippi, four counties in southern Alabama, and seven counties in the Florida Panhandle. 

Source: 
PHIPrivacy.net

Xavier University

Type of organization: 
Year of Breach: 
Type of breach: 
Under Review: 
0
Date Breach Made Public: 
September 16, 2011
geo: 
Cincinnati , OH
United States
Records Breached: 

Unknown

Sensitive student athlete medical records were misplaced by a coach who was transplanting them to an athletic event.  A recently released prisoner found the documents and attempted to sell them back to the University for $20,000.  The man was caught, pled guilty to extortion, and was sentenced to two years in prison.

Source: 
PHIPrivacy.net

Good Samaritan Hospital

Type of organization: 
Year of Breach: 
Type of breach: 
Under Review: 
0
Date Breach Made Public: 
September 20, 2011
geo: 
Baltimore , MD
United States
Records Breached: 

Unknown

A man posing as a vendor took two barrels of old X-ray film.  The film contained medical data from over five years ago.  It had been put aside for destruction or recycling.  Authorities believe the thief wanted to extract the silver contained in the films.

Source: 
PHIPrivacy.net

New York University Langone Medical Center Hospital for Join Diseases (HJD)

Type of breach: 
Year of Breach: 
Type of organization: 
Under Review: 
0
Date Breach Made Public: 
September 19, 2011
geo: 
New York , NY
United States
Extra Info: 

Patients with questions may call 1-877-698-2333.

Records Breached: 

2,600 (No SSNs or financial information reported)

Paper tracking records of tissue issued in orthopaedic surgeries performed at HJD in 2009 and 2010 were mistakenly discarded on or around June 23.  It appears that the papers were then compacted and buried in a landfill rather than properly disposed.  Patients who were affected had their name, date of birth, gender, hospital, date of surgery, and clinical surgery information exposed.  

Source: 
HHS via PHIPrivacy.net

Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System

Type of breach: 
Year of Breach: 
Type of organization: 
Under Review: 
0
Date Breach Made Public: 
September 23, 2011
geo: 
Illiana , IL
United States
Extra Info: 

Veterans with quesitons may call the VA Illiana's privacy officer at (217) 554-4943.

Records Breached: 

518

An appointment book was discovered missing on July 14.  It contained the last names and last four digits of veterans' Social Security numbers.  It is unclear where the book was taken from, but it is clear that it was not properly safeguarded.

Source: 
PHIPrivacy.net

Summit Medical Group, Emory Family Practice, Fountain City Family Physicians, Office of Dr. Kenneth Reese

Type of breach: 
Year of Breach: 
Type of organization: 
Under Review: 
0
Date Breach Made Public: 
September 28, 2011
geo: 
Knoxville , TN
United States
Extra Info: 

Patients at the Summit Medical Group medical centers at Deane Hill and Northshore Drive were affected.  Affected patients may call 865-212-0116.

Records Breached: 

750 (No SSNs or financial information reported)

The September 4 theft of documents from an employee's car resulted in the exposure of patient names and diagnoses.  The car was parked at the employee's home.  Summit Medical Group account numbers, dates of birth, primary physician's names, names of hospitals, and dates of discharges were exposed.

Source: 
PHIPrivacy.net

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